Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stow Lake, A Slow Stroll in a Lovely Park

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When I come back to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, I always rediscover treasures that I haven’t been to in quite awhile.



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Late in the season visiting the park, I decided to take a stroll around Stow lake since it was a sunny and crisp morning, perfect for a walk around this beautiful lake. A large shrub/tree filled with the gold yellow flowers of the Hypericum greeted me on my walk – they were just stunning to see and lit up like little ornaments.



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I can just sit here for a long time and watch the grasses blow ever so softly with the wind…the views of the stone bridge behind fits in perfectly with the tall pines in the background don’t you agree? I am a little puzzled by the strange emerald green colors of the lake – I always imagine that someone in the park is dyeing the water this strange color late at night just for fun.





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Beautiful nasturtiums flowers are backlit like little orange jewels and the stone bridge behind is a distant back drop, its really a great day to enjoy the park and just enjoy this view.





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I love to bump into artists here since I also do art and its easy for me to approach fellow
artists and start a conversation – it usually leads into interesting topics and shared interests.






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I’m guessing this is a species of the California lilac or Ceanothus in which certain shrubs can bloom consistently for a good part of the year. This macro shot doesn’t show the large scale of this shrub which is more like a small tree filled with these blue flowers.







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This is Golden Gate Park’s version of fall in the city, just a little color and hint of the change of season – although it felt like a perfect 75 degrees that morning.


Well, I enjoyed my walk around the lake this morning, thanks for joining me on this fun tour of the park, wasn’t it a great day to be out here?










6 comments:

Lona said...

What a wonderful park Noel. I would love walking around through it.The paths wandering around the water and seeing flowers in bloom is always a treat.

greenapplesgarden.com said...

This really is a great location for walking and painting.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

lovely colors in those pic's...

The Sage Butterfly said...

I can see why you and artists find this place very special. It is magical!!! Those bridges and views are breathtaking.

Bom said...

Traveling again? I enjoy your images. The predominant blues and greens are very relaxing.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I enjoyed this morning walk, as well! Lovely photos. I have that same nasturtium growing on my deck. I love how the sunlight sets it on fire...

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